Seeking Shelter

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Seeking Shelter

The Challenge

Homelessness is pervasive in San Francisco, especially compared to other cities. Every night, about 7,500 people are experiencing homelessness in San Francisco: families, youth and people with jobs.

The Solution

We're investing in three connected strategies to help people escape homelessness in San Francisco. First, helping people meet basic needs and keep jobs. Second, finding shelter and housing quickly. Third, supporting people as they get back on their feet and rebuild their lives.

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1. Meet basic needs

By allowing people to meet basic hygiene needs they are able feel a sense of dignity and often keep their job.

2. Find shelter

Shelter allows people to find a sense of home and security, and helps people start to rebuild their life.

3. Rebuilding lives

Provide services and support to help people learn new skills, find permanent jobs, and secure housing.

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By the Numbers


Of families remain stably housed during the 12-month period after exiting.


Young people accessed our drop-in centers for basic needs including showers, meals, laundry and internet


Hygiene products distributed every month


Of counseling clients achieve a long term goal such as finding housing, employment or improved health


People housed last year by nonprofits in Seeking Shelter

Did you know?

36% of young people in San Francisco report financial issues in general contributed to their homelessness

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How many homeless people live in San Francisco?

On any given night, approximately 7,500 are experiencing homelessness. This number has stayed relatively stable since 2012. San Francisco has the highest rate of unsheltered homelessness of all major US cities.

How does San Francisco compare to other cities?

San Francisco has one of the nation’s highest percentages of homelessness, alongside Washington DC, Boston and New York City. In 2016, San Francisco had the third highest percentage of its total population experiencing homelessness, at 0.8%, and the highest rate of unsheltered populations.

What are the main reasons people become homeless?

Economic instability is the most common cause of homelessness in San Francisco, cited by 30 percent of individuals. Homelessness is a much greater likelihood for people at the lowest end of the income spectrum, who have historically faced discrimination or have no safety net to fall back on.

How does San Francisco keep data on the number of homeless people?

How does San Francisco keep data on the number of homeless people?

Every two years, local jurisdictions conduct a federally mandated point-in-time (PIT) count to visually count the number of sheltered and unsheltered people experiencing homelessness. Approximately 750 community volunteers, staff from various City and County departments, and nonprofit partners, canvased the county between the hours of 8 p.m. and midnight on January 26, 2017. [cite it]

Myth Buster

Myth: San Francisco is a magnet for the homeless. Fact: According to the city’s 2015 homeless count, 71 percent of the people on the streets were living in San Francisco when they lost their housing.

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